Juan has already been champion once, and has scored 8 goals and assisted 9 times in 18 games. Mata hopes to continue his personal record in the Saturday’s FA Cup final against Crystal Palace (17:30 local time).
8 goals and 9 assists in 18 games. Juan Mata´s romance with the FA Cup can be boil down to that statistic.
No tournament is gives you better. He won (and he was named MVP) the final in 2012, was a semi-finalist in 2013 and next Saturday (17:30 local time) will fight again at Wembley to try to lift the trophy. If he succeeds, it will be a very special moment: his first title with the Manchester United jersey.
On 5 May 2012, Juan contributed with an assist in Chelsea´s victory against Liverpool (2-1) in the final. In his debut season in the English football, the Asturian lifted his first FA Cup with the Blues (days after, Juan achieved the Champions League against Bayern). Mata played at a stunning level in the FA Cup 2011-2012. In seven matches, the Spaniard scored four goals and gave four assists. His best performance was in the semi-final, when he scored one and assisted two times, trashing Tottenham (1-5).
This course, the Asturian has contributed with two goals in ManU road to Wembley (against Derby County and Shrewsbury Town). Beyond the 17 goals in 18 games (every 82 minutes Juan produces a goal in the FA Cup), his score sheet in the competition is summarized in 14 wins, 3 draws and just one defeat (has won 78% of the rounds).
In addition, he still has not lost in the tournament since his arrival at United (five victories in the five matches he has played and scoring three goals in the last four ties).